Degrees & Curriculum
Path of Theurgy
This special individual’s training precedes the first initiation in the theurgic path called "Aurum Solis - Stella Gloriosa". This is a period in which you will gradually discover various aspects of the tradition and use various practices. You will have the opportunity to meet more advanced students, teachers and the Grand Master even in video-conference or in-person. This is a real opportunity to experiment and to learn.
At the end of the Pronaos, you will decide if you want to continue this path and apply for the initiation. If so, your application will be examined. Validation of your request is not guaranteed and depends of several factors such as work, desire, attendance to the online meetings, and honesty. If your application is accepted you will have to take a short course about the eight rays of the tradition before to be fully validated to be initiated.
First, Second, Third, and Fourth Levels
The degrees of the Aurum Solis are traditionally called "Halls." Each degree contains a precise individual curriculum that each companion (initiate) practices at home. This curriculum is mainly based on astrological cycles. As the progression is individual and based on this succession of practices, the duration of the steps may vary.
Besides this practice, every companion should demonstrate his understanding of the tradition, his personal moral standards, and his involvement in the Order’s activities.
1. The first grade is Neophytos (Neophyte). The proper title of this degree is “Apprentice of the Great Work.” This initiation takes place in-person. A "spiritual magical name" is given to the new initiate during his initiation.
2. The second grade is Servitor (Server). The proper title of this degree is “Servitor of the Secret Flame.” The Second Hall constitutes the Minor Mysteries.
3. The third grade is Adeptus Minor (Adept). The proper title of this degree is “Priest of the Gnosis.” This initiation takes place in a temple called the Naos. The Third Hall is where the Greater (or Major) Mysteries begin, as the initiate opens the gates to the true Theurgic and Hermetic Tradition of the Egyptian Ptolemaic system.
This level is reached by personal accomplishment, allowing the initiate to reach the next grade.
4. The fourth grade is Adeptus Plenus (Full Adept). When the requirements for this degree are met, the Grand Master confers the direct initiation. After the curriculum of the Third Hall, the companions prepare the major operations of the Order under supervision. Of course, this is an individual work performed according to the individual’s progress. As stated by the previous Grand Master in the "charter of authority," the current Grand Master, Jean-Louis de Biasi, is the only one ever to have received the initiatory authority and the full rituals of Adeptus Plenus. Consequently, he initiates at this degree. This step will allow the companion to go further in this path. It provides retreat periods, allowing the student to complete some important functions in the tradition and to go further in his own practice.
It is difficult to provide information on these advanced elements of the path. We can simply say that they are the heart of the theurgic path. Reading Iamblichus and the text of the Asclepius will bring a lot of light to these aspects.
The Adeptus Minor and Adeptus Plenus can also be involved with the Services of the Naos of the Order. These periods of activity are open only to those who receive a special invitation from the Collegium Cathedrarum.
In addition to the main curriculum, the Adeptus Minor and Adeptus Plenus conduct research on advanced topics proposed by the Collegium Cathedrarum.
Other ritual works specific to the Aurum Solis are performed in the presence of the Grand Master; for example, the activities of the Collegium Cathedrarum, of the “Stella Gloriosa,” of the "Star Council," of the "Masters' Council" or of Ritual meetings.
Note: Even though this description of the three degrees makes it appear that they are separate in their functions, most of the practices in a local group (House) of the Order are accomplished by all the initiates of every degree working together.